Hospital privacy breach report set for release
Privacy Commissioner Anne Bertrand is expected to release her report on Thursday
New Brunswick's privacy commissioner is expected to release a report on Thursday into a privacy breach at the Dr.-Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre where a doctor accessed patient files without authorization.
The Vitalité Health Network confirmed in March it had informed 142 women that a doctor at the Dumont hospital looked at their medical records.
A CBC News investigation uncovered the doctor is Fernando Rojas, a radiation oncologist, at the hospital in Moncton. Many of the files Rojas accessed were of young adult women in their early 20s and 30s, who he had worked with or had met.
The investigation also revealed that Rojas accessed the records over a two-year period ending in November of 2012 and during that time he looked at addresses, dates of birth, diagnosis, types of tests the patients underwent and their results.
Anne Bertrand, the province’s privacy commissioner, has spent months investigating the file by using details provided by those affected and by the health authority.
Bertrand said her report will be forthcoming and transparent.
Bertrand will try to answer the question about why Rojas looked at the files.
All of the women who spoke to CBC News indicated they had met the doctor at least once.
Some of the women work or worked at the hospital. Others were servers at a restaurant where he was a regular customer. None of the women were his patients.
All of the women said they were shocked and some said they were "creeped out" by the news. They all said they want to know why Rojas wanted to look at their personal records.
Rojas has been off the job for several months.
Vitalité will not comment on his current status and why he's not working at the hospital.
While the health network is doing its own investigation into the case, it is not commenting on any of the details.